As ILM loses DC flights, new destinations could be on horizon


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Submitted: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:20pm
Updated: Mon, 01/20/2014 - 1:42pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington International Airport is losing its daily non-stop flights to our nation’s capital, but it could gain flights to other popular destinations.

Following the merger of US Airways and American Airlines, the US Department of Justice forced the new American Airlines to give up take-off and landing spots at DC’s Reagan National Airport, including two direct flights to Wilmington.

“We fought that and protested that,” ILM Airport Director Jon Rosborough. “We had community leaders writing letters on our behalf but the department of justice elected not to so American had no other choice but to give up those flights.”

Instead Wilmington will get another non-stop to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, which is ILM’s most popular destination.

Rosborough says a grant from the Department of Transportation could bring even more non-stop flights to the Port City.

“We have about $961,000 to go forward and try and get service back that will be used as start-up money,” Rosborough said. “We’re looking at Chicago primarily as number one, and we’d like to get into south Florida somewhere around Fort Lauderdale or Miami and also Dallas-Ft. Worth.”

Rosborough says they don’t know exactly when the DC flights will end. He hopes to add new non-stop destinations within the next year.

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